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March 29th, 2007 - Open Knowledge

Mar. 29th, 2007

02:38 pm - GEEK: How do I request timed user input?

Suppose you want to write a Python program that solicits input from a the user, but goes ahead anyway with a default value if they don't respond in say, 5 seconds. The following snippet of code implements such a thing:

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06:52 pm - "I can see my nose!"


"I can see my nose!", originally uploaded by crasch.

Via dashing

06:54 pm - I'd love to try this someday


I'd love to try this someday, originally uploaded by crasch.

Via dashing

07:11 pm - Quill pens


Quill pens, originally uploaded by crasch.

Via olegvolk

07:30 pm - Drive-by installs

Via ernunnos

Microsoft Announces New Vulnerability Affecting Cursors and Icons


A new vulnerability affecting animated cursor and icons in Windows that has been announced. No patch exists for the vulnerability and exploit code has been released and there are reports of some malware exploiting this problem. Furthermore, Microsoft has acknowledged the issue raising the potential for an increase in exploitation.

According to McAfee, IE version 6 and version 7 running on fully patched versions of Windows XP SP2 are vulnerable. Windows version 2000 SP4 and Server 2003 (non & SP1) are also reportedly vulnerable. Vista is also reported to be vulnerable but only witnessed as a denial-of-service at this point.

Computers can be infected by simply visiting a website containing a malicious .ANI file or HTML email message with one placed on it. In the past, malicious websites have used this type of vulnerability to silently install malware onto an unsuspecting visitor. These are also known as "drive-by" installs.



Man, I'm glad I'm on a Mac. With Apple's move to an Intel platform, there's no reason to stay with Windows any more. Many Windows apps are native to Macs already. But if not, now you can run most of them at near-native speeds using Boot Camp or Parallels.

If you must use Windows, at least switch to Firefox and Thunderbird.

08:50 pm - Russian Gangster Cabin


Russian Gangster Cabin, originally uploaded by crasch.

Via kindofstrange

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/03/07/whouse07.xml

Gangster who built world's tallest log cabin

By Adrian Blomfield in Arkhangelsk
Last Updated: 10:42am GMT 07/03/2007

# In pictures: The house a gangster built

For the one-time gangster who built it, it is nothing less than "the eighth wonder of the world". The less charitably disposed dismiss it as a glorified barn, fire hazard and eyesore.

But on one thing everyone agrees: Nikolai Sutyagin's home is certainly different.


Dominating the skyline of Arkhangelsk, a city in Russia's far north-west, it is believed to be the world's tallest wooden house, soaring 13 floors to reach 144ft - about half the size of the tower of Big Ben.

The house that Sutyagin built is also crumbling, incomplete and under threat of demolition from city authorities determined to end the former convict's eccentric 15-year project.

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09:21 pm - Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse


Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse, originally uploaded by crasch.

Via Neatorama.


"The Chêne-Chapelle (Chapel-Oak) of Allouville-Bellefosse is the most famous tree in France - actually, it’s more than just a tree: it’s a building and a religious monument all in one.

In 1669, l’Abbe du Detroit and du Cerceau decided to build a chapel in (at that time) a 500 years old or so oak (Quercus robur) tree made hollow by a lightning bolt. The priests built a small altar to the Virgin Mary. Later on, a second chapel and a staircase were added.

Now, parts of the tree are dead, the crown keeps becoming smaller and smaller every year, and parts of the tree’s bark, which fell off due to old age, are covered by protective oak shingles. Poles and cables support the aging tree, which in fact, may not live much longer. As a symbol, however, it seems that the Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse may live on forever."

09:39 pm - 300 Trailer - PG version


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09:46 pm


huangliqianBM_450x300, originally uploaded by crasch.

Via shanmonster

http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_article_id=41697&in_page_id=2

man from China is to finally have a huge tumour removed today after discovering it 17 years ago.

Huang Liqian, 58, first discovered a bizarre growth on the back of his neck in 1990, but chose to ignore it.

However, as the years rolled on, it continued to increase in size at a rapid pace, with the growth ballooning to 15kg.

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09:47 pm - She's Bringing Sexy Back

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11:30 pm - Tree Tangle


TeaTreeTangle300, originally uploaded by crasch.



Part of the Tree Spirit Project

11:53 pm

Father begins to teach child gun handling skills.

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